Girl faces failed murder rap
A 14-year-old girl was yesterday charged with attempted murder after she allegedly poisoned two other children, reportedly with chocolate brownies tainted with a household substance. Queensland state police said the girl had been charged after allegedly giving two boys, aged 12 and 13, food poisoned with a substance “generally found in the home” in the Brisbane suburb of Richlands on Sunday. “Police will allege the girl attempted to poison two other children,” they said in a statement. “She has been charged with one count each of attempted murder and administering poison with attempt to harm as well as two counts of acts intended to maim.” The police would not confirm a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corp that the girl had given the two boys tainted brownies.
Navy says ‘drug capo’ seized
The country’s navy says it has captured a key regional leader of the hyper-violent Zetas drug cartel. Sunday’s communique from the navy identifies him as Carlos Carmona Caballero and it blames him for a series of violent incidents in Veracruz state, though it does not specify them. It says he was caught in a car on Friday with four other men who were also detained. The Zetas have been involved in much of the country’s drug war bloodshed in their battles with the country’s other main drug organization, the Sinaloa Cartel.
Student shooting questioned
Classmates and friends are questioning why a police officer fatally shot a University of South Alabama freshman who was naked and had been banging on a window at police headquarters. Campus officials did not give any indication that Gil Collar, 18, had a weapon when he was shot. A university spokesman said he was fatally wounded early on Saturday after an officer heard a bang on a window and went outside to investigate. A statement issued by university spokesman Keith Ayers said Collar, who wrestled in high school before enrolling at South Alabama, assumed a “fighting stance” and chased an officer before being shot. The officer tried to retreat numerous times to defuse the situation before opening fire, the school said, but sophomore Tyler Kendrick said campus authorities have not provided any satisfying answers about why Collar was killed. “Really, it just upsets me that there’s no other way to apprehend an unarmed student rather than shooting him. I don’t understand that,” Kendrick said. Student Joshua Frye said it seemed the officer could have used something other than a firearm to stop Collar. “What I feel is that a cop has more than a gun,” he said.
Maine hosts bizarre contest
A Finnish couple has added to their victories by taking first place in the North American Wife Carrying Championship at Maine’s Sunday River ski resort. Taisto Miettinen and Kristina Haapanen traveled from Helsinki, Finland for Saturday’s contest. The Sun Journal reports that the couple finished with a time of 52.58 seconds on a course that includes hurdles, sand traps and a water hole. The winners receive the woman’s weight in beer and five times her weight in cash. For Miettinen and Haapanen, that meant a check for US$530. They shared their beer winnings with the second- and third-place finishers — Jesse Wall and Christine Arsenault of South Paris and David and Lacey Castro of Lewiston.